Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers: Tractor-Trailer Crashes in Heavily Populated AreasJanuary 4, 2017
It makes sense that the more cars and trucks there are on roads and highways, the more likely it is that an accident can occur. This is particularly true when it comes to large trucks carrying heavy cargo from one state to another. When you consider the fact that 95 percent of freight in the tristate area is delivered by truck, then it comes as no surprise that there are significantly more truck accidents on these highways.
According to recent statistics, there were close to 12,000 large truck crashes in New York in 2014, compared to North Carolina, which had under 10,000. Steven Schwartzapfel, who studies tractor-trailer accidents, said that truck drivers are under a great deal of pressure from their employers to drive faster so that they can deliver more loads. In addition, they must deal with distracted drivers and poor road conditions. The result is a potentially dangerous situation that could result in a devastating truck accident.
While roadside weigh stations were set up to conduct mandatory inspections of the truck’s weight and the number of hours the driver has logged behind the wheel, the majority have been closed due to budget cuts. In fact, of the six weigh stations in the tristate area that were checked randomly, only one was still open.
New Technology to Improve Truck Safety
Wabco Vehicle Control Systems recently developed a radar detection technology that may help prevent rear-end collisions. Other technology is also available, including electronic stability control, or ESC, which helps prevent rollovers if a truck is going too fast when turning. The ESC will automatically reduce the speed of the truck. Effective August of 2017, all trucks will be required by law to be equipped with ESC.
Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Help Victims Injured in Tractor-Trailer Crashes
If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident, you are urged to contact the Baltimore truck accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We will provide skilled legal representation, ensuring that your rights are protected every step of the way. Our dedicated team will seek the maximum financial compensation for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie and Towson, allowing us to represent injured accident victims and their families throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.